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Michael Liebman, Myra Williams, Michael Lack, David Clark


Michael Liebman is leaving his post as director of computational biology and biomedical informatics at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania to join the Windber Research Institute as chief scientific officer. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Liebman was global director of bioinformatics at Roche Bioscience.

ProSanos has appointed Myra Williams and Michael Lack to its board of directors. Williams, a consultant for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, IT, and bioinformatics companies, was formerly CIO for Glaxo and president and CEO of Molecular Applications Group. Lack is also a biotechnology and informatics consultant, and was most recently COO of Incyte Genomics (now Incyte).

David Clark, director of computer-aided drug design at Argenta Discovery, has been awarded the Corwin Hansch Award for his work on quantitative structure-activity relationships. The award — for scientists under 40 who have contributed significantly to QSAR — is presented by the QSAR and Modeling Society and consists of a citation and $1,000.

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